Practical nurses have emerged as an untapped resource in Finland’s efforts to get third doses faster than the Omicron variant.
Silja Paavola, which leads the Practical Nurses Association, SuPer, said practical practitioners can quickly be aware of the administration of vaccines.
"I assume that training is fast and patient safety is guaranteed," Paavola told Yle on Wednesday.
The government has said it is looking for ways to speed up the introduction of a third dose of Covid. This includes recruiting social and health care students as well as practical nurses.
Minister for Family and Basic Services spoke on Yle TV1’s A-Studio program on Tuesday night Krista Kiuru said retired health workers, industry students and the military should be invited to give a third injection.
Finnish law currently stipulates that only a doctor, nurse, midwife or person who has completed vaccination training may be vaccinated.
Paavola said the nurses will receive the necessary training.
"We will tell them what the purpose of the vaccine is, what can happen and what needs to be followed after the vaccine is given. You don’t have to know how it’s done, ”he said.
Officials are now looking at students at staff vaccination centers so permanent employees can take the Christmas holidays as planned.
"Employees are already overwhelmed in every way. If we find volunteers, we can also take care of vaccinations during the Christmas holidays," Paavola said.
Experts have found that up to two people receiving Covid are susceptible to being infected with a new variant of the coronavirus Omicron.
Vaccine Specialist Mika Rämet said on Tuesday that he recommends everyone – including those vaccinated – wear more effective face masks, such as FFP2 or FFP3, even at events where Covid passports are in use.
Source: The Nordic Page